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Posted · Ultimaker 1 and 1.75 filament

Hello experts.

Anyone of you tried to convert the Ultimaker 1 to use 1.75 filament?

I found this procedure:

http://cargocollective.com/scottmayson/Ultimaker-1-75mm-Filament-Conversion

It looks quite straightforward, but I'd like to ask your exeperience if someone tried to do it and if there is something specific to know.

Thanks for your help.

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Posted · Ultimaker 1 and 1.75 filament

I have a previous thread about converting the UM1 to 1.75 and its Pros and Cons. We decided the benefits of 3mm outweigh the benefits of 3mm.

 

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Posted · Ultimaker 1 and 1.75 filament
We decided the benefits of 3mm outweigh the benefits of 3mm.

 

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Do you have a link. Could not find it. The search function really sucks...

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Posted · Ultimaker 1 and 1.75 filament

Imho there is a simple case that favors 3mm filament over 1.75mm:

Assumption:

Both 3mm (which is actually 2.85mm) and 1.75mm filaments are manufactured with +-0.05mm diameter tolerance. 1.75mm doesn't go lower than 0.05mm (I believe that is pretty much impossible anyways).

Conclusion:

2.85mm +-0.05mm = 1.8% diameter error tolerance

1.75mm +-0.05mm = 2.9% diameter error tolerance

Note that there is also +-0.1mm tolerance filament. This would make things even worse for 1.75mm filament (5.7% diameter error tolerance vs 3.5% for 3mm).

So to me it's clear that 3mm filament should be favored over 1.75mm, because variations in filament diameter result in uneven extrusion which gets you bad prints.

 

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Posted · Ultimaker 1 and 1.75 filament

On the other hand, with 1.75mm you have less volume in the melting chamber, which results in better retractions. And you need a weaker feeder for 1.75.

 

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Posted · Ultimaker 1 and 1.75 filament

Agreed. However, for UM purposes, 3mm is far superior.

 

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